>Wanderlust, wan-der-lust, [won-der-luhst]- noun A strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

I don’t know when it began, maybe some where about the time of my 7 year relationship ending, the last semester of nursing school and college coming to a close, or the moment when I realized that life was too short to take it for granted as I watched patients die every day in the ICU. Some where in that mess I developed an intense desire to go balls-to-the-wall. I started outdoor skydiving, indoor skydiving, surfing, running half marathons, going to trapeze classes, traveling, and planning on taking flying lessons. I was determined to ride this roller coaster called ‘life’ with my hands flailing all over the place and end it with my body ragged and saying, “Man! What a ride!”

When you’re fresh out of college you don’t have a million dollars or even a week of vacation at work, but somehow I managed to take 3 day and weekend trips to various places in the United States and Caribbean. Time moved on, my relationships became more serious, and life began to settle down. I now spent my weekends wedding planning and spending time with my fiance (now husband), family, and friends instead of conquering the world like I had dreamed.

Well, it hit me again. Hard in the head and heart. I think it was a combination of changes at work, begining grad school, watching Eat, Pray, Love, and talking about starting a family of our own- that finally made me realize- if I didn’t attempt to travel again now, I probably will never get the chance to do it. It’s liberating when you come to the realization that you’re 25, healthy, financially stable, married without kids, have no animals to take care of, and only have a small portion of rent to pay for. The world began to seem endless again, and I started day dreaming of all the places my husband and I could go to. There is nothing holding us back. I repeat to myself on a daily basis, “If you don’t do it now, you never will.”

So therefore; this post is dedicated to all of the beautiful places I have wanderlust for. There’s no particular order, it’s just a compilation of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world you could ever dream of. These National Georgraphic type images cloud my head day and night and fill my heart with so much excitement and yes… wanderlust. Sit back, strap in, put your tables in their upright position, and enjoy the ride!

Destinations I daydream of:

The South Pacific-Bora Bora, Tahiti, Hawai’i, Samoa, Fiji and all of French Polynesia. Imagine eating the freshest and finest french seafood, climbing mountains and volcanoes, living in the sea and sleeping in overwater bungalows.

Europe- Have a a beer in a pub in London, play golf in Scotland, roam Rome, ride a gondola and eat pizza in Italy, fall in love again in Paris, dance all night in Ibiza and Mykonos, drive on the autobahn in Germany, and shop in Prauge.

Africa- Stand in awe at the sights of the great Pyramids and Nile in Cairo, Egypt, then eat and bask in the architecture of Morocco. Take a float in the dead sea. Ride a camel through the Sahara and do a safari on the beautiful savannahs. Swim near a great white and look over cliffs in Capetown while enjoying the art and music in Johannesburg. Leave the continent and head to The Canary Islands or Dubai where there and ONLY there can you go skiing in the desert.

East Aisa- Visit monks and find the Yeti in Nepal, gawk at Mt. Everest, then head south to India to be greeted by the land of brilliant colors and spices. Travel then to Thailand and pray to the Buddha while relaxing in a hut on the island of Phuket.

South/Central America- Ride a wave and zipline through the rainforests of Costa Rica, then travel to Rio in Brazil to see some of the most beautiful people in the world. A short ride to Argentina for a REAL Argentinian steak and a climb the mountains in Peru to see Machu Pichu.

Far East- Off to Japan for real Japanese sushi and revel in the cherry blossoms along the mountain sides. A boat to Australia will bring the curiosity of the Aboriginal people, the hopes to see a kangaroo, and the desire to dive the Great Barrier Reef. And lastly, a trip back to Bali to find paradise in dark wooded Bali huts and vast sparkling waters.

And eventhough this may all seem a distant dream, it will remain for me a lifelong goal. We will travel the world and truly learn of all the beauty it has to offer. One day.